Ah, Tunisian crochet. Part knit, part crochet and endlessly versatile. It's no wonder we're obsessed.
And while Tunisian simple stitch is a great place to start, it truly is just the beginning. We've rounded up 10 (yep, 10!) unique stitches and broken them down for you step by step. In other words, your Tunisian crochet is about to get all kinds of fancy.
1. Setup Row
While this might not technically be a stitch, you have to get those stitches on your Tunisian hook somehow, right? Every Tunisian crochet project begins right here.
2. Tunisian Simple Stitch
Tunisian simple stitch doesn't look like any knit or crochet stitch you've ever seen, but it's sort of the bread and butter of Tunisian crochet. It's the first stitch most beginners learn in Tunisian crochet —and it's called "simple stitch" for a reason!
3. Tunisian Reverse Stitch
Tunisian reverse stitch creates a little ridge in the work, so it adds a hint of texture to your project. It's also great for colorwork when you're working with multiple colors.
This stitch is similar to the simple stitch, but worked from the back. You'll have an easier time learning it if you master the simple stitch first.
4. Tunisian Knit Stitch
Don't be fooled: this is NOT knitting! Sure, it looks like its knit counterpart, but flip it over to the back, and you'll see that it's a bit different. Checking the "wrong side" of the work is the key to spotting the difference between a knit stitch in knitting and a knit stitch in Tunisian crochet.
The Tunisian knit stitch can be used on any type of project, from garments to accessories. It looks especially nice combined with purl stitches for a ribbed look (more on that below!).
5. Tunisian Purl Stitch
Another stitch borrowed from the knitting world: the Tunisian purl. This stitch is a little trickier than other Tunisian stitches, just because of the finagling it takes to get your hook in and out. But once you master the Tps, you can combine stitches to create lots of new designs.
6. Tunisian 2x2 Rib
A super serious knitter might be able to discern the difference between a knitted rib and a Tunisian crochet rib, but nobody else will be able to tell your 2x2 ribbing wasn't knitting! This fabric combines the Tks and Tps (just like how knitted ribbing combines knits and purls) to bring a touchable texture to your projects.
7. Tunisian Double Crochet
Almost any crochet stitch can be translated over to Tunisian crochet, and the double crochet is a perfect example. Like traditional double crochet, Tunisian double crochet creates a taller, more open stitch that yields a looser, more flexible fabric. When you want to create drapy garments, consider this a go-to.
8. Tunisian Full Stitch
If you're after a fluffy fabric that you can't help but touch, go for the Tunisian full stitch. This stitch looks more woven than any other stitch, and it creates different textures on the front and back — perfect for scarves and other reversible projects.
9. Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch
The honeycomb stitch really dials it up on the texture! Mixing Tks and Tps creates a lace-like surface with little pools of recessed fabric that mimic a honeycomb. Try it on scarves, headbands, or even blankets.
10. Tunisian Basketweave Stitch
You can create a basket weave texture in knitting, crocheting and Tunisian crocheting! Simply alternate blocks of the Tks and the Tps to create lots of contrast.